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NH Diarist Notes that Local Youths "Play Ball Before My Barn"

Salience Noteworthy
City/State/Country: Keene, NH, United States
Game Barn ball?
Immediacy of Report Contemporary
Age of Players Youth

"Caleb Washburn, young Benjamin Hall, Tom Wells the younger and El play ball before my barn."


Stabler, Lois K., ed., Very Poor and of a Lo Make: The Journal of Abner Sanger (Peter E. Randall, Portsmouth NH, 1896), p. 416. Per Thomas L. Altherr, "A Place Leavel Enough to Play Ball," reprinted in David Block, Baseball before We Knew It; see page 245 and ref #77.  

This somewhat cryptic journal entry is for April 27, 1782.


The game could be barn ball, we could guess, although that game is typically described as two boys and a barn, with plugging.

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